Most people think about asbestos as that material on the outside of your home - wall sheeting, eaves, carport ceilings, corrugated roofing and fencing. It was used extensively on the inside of your home - as the sheeting on the bathroom, laundry, kitchen walls and ceilings.
From our research - 2 out of 3 houses built prior to 1987 were likely to have products that contain asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in home construction from 1950 through to the late 1980s.
Knowing the products that contain asbestos and if they are in a safe condition is all important. You can learn how to identify these and other products yourself.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the generic term for a number of fibrous silicate minerals. There are two major groups of asbestos:
The serpentine group contains chrysotile, commonly known as white asbestos
The amphibole group contains amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos)
Since 2003, using all forms of asbestos has been banned.
What is asbestos used for?
Asbestos can be found in most buildings which were built or renovated prior to 1985. It can be found in:
- Asbestos cement sheets
- Electrical switchboards
- Wall and ceiling insulation
- Insulation to boiler/heating pipes
- Insulation to fire doors
Promoting Asbestos Awareness
The Berrigan Shire Council is committed to ensuring the community is provided with current information on asbestos including the dangers of asbestos, health and safety standards, and legislative requirements.
Information on asbestos can be found from the following link: NSW Government Asbestos Fact Sheet
Community members are also encouraged to access the following websites prior to any home improvement, construction or asbestos removal works: www.workcover.nsw.gov.au to obtain information on regulations, safety standards and licensing regarding the removal of asbestos www.asbestosawareness.com.au to obtain information on managing asbestos in and around the home.